Spend your summer at Red Butte Garden!

By Ayrel Clark-Proffitt, Office of Sustainability

Summer is here! Take some time to get outdoors and enjoy the events at the University of Utah’s Red Butte Garden! The garden’s mission is to cultivate the human connection with the beauty of living landscapes and create a community that understands, values, protects and is enriched by the world of plants. Red Butte Garden is located on the west side of campus near Red Butte Creek and the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. Special event pricing indicated, otherwise events are free with admission or membership. Go to http://www.redbuttegarden.org for hours and admission costs or call 801-585-0556.


Bring your family and a picnic dinner to Red Butte Garden and enjoy cool summer evenings filled with diverse cultural entertainment, crafts, and activities. There are two performances per night at 6pm and again at 7pm in the Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre.
Regular Garden admission. Special price $38 for a family of six (2 adults & 4 kids). Garden Members free.

  • June 10 – Native American Flute Circle
  • June 17 – Best of Africa Cultural Group
  • July 1 – Divya School of Dance (Bollywood)
  • July 8 – Red Desert Ramblers
  • July 22 – Salt Lake Scots


  • May 24 – June 16: YEVGENIY ZOLOTSEV OIL & WATERCOLOR. In the tradition of all masters, Zolotsev’s work brings to life his dramatic visions of nature.
  • June 21 – July 14: JEANNE HANSEN. Jeanne is primarily a Modernist painter depending on the subject matter and what she wishes to create. Artist reception June 22 from 3-6pm.


1) Early Morning Bird Watching: Bring your binoculars and join us for a guided morning walk when the Garden is cool and full of birds.

  • Saturdays: June 1-29 from 9-11:30am
  • Tuesday, June 4; Thursday, June 13; & Tuesday, June 18 from 9-11:30am

2) Evening Exploration: Garden Tour: Join us for an exploration of what’s blooming throughout the Garden with one of our fabulous Garden Guides and take an intimate look at the Garden and see how it changes throughout the season.

  • Thursday, June 6 from 7-8:30pm

3) Evening Exploration: Natural Hike Area: Join us for an exploration of what’s blooming in our “back forty” with a trained volunteer to take a closer look at our Natural Area and see how it changes throughout the season. Wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes.

  • Tuesday, June 11 from 6:30-8:30pm

4) Getting to Know Lichens: Did you know that hummingbirds gather lichens to build their nests or that some are used as fabric dye? There’s probably a lot you don’t know about those unassuming lichens, so join us for a informative walk through the Garden as we take a closer look at many “likeable lichens” common to our area.

  • Saturday, June 22 from 10am-Noon

Monday, June 24 from 6:30-7:30pm

2013 HORTICULTURE SPOTLIGHT LECTURE SERIES: “Creating a Native Pollinator Garden”
Bees, wasps, butterflies, moths, flies, hummingbirds, some bats and beetles pollinate more than 70 percent of flowering plants. Unfortunately, North America’s native pollinators face multiple threats to their health and habitat. This presentation is a guide for restoring native pollinator communities that are beautiful and naturally diverse.

Admission is FREE but please register at: http://extension.usu.edu/saltlake. This is the third in a series of six free lectures sponsored by the Utah State University Cooperative Extension.


Thursdays: May 23, 30, June 6, 13, 20, 27 from 5:30-8:30pm
Create small-scale landscape paintings in this 6-week workshop. Instruction in composition, positive and negative space, value studies, and color theory will round out the offering. Painting topics will include landscapes, still life, and water reflections. Co-sponsored by the University of Utah Continuing Education Lifelong Learning program. Register at 801-587-5433 or online at http://www.continue.utah.edu

Saturday, June 1 & 8 from 9am-Noon
Join us as we cover the compositional elements of photographing wildflowers in both portrait and landscape mode along with discussion of macrophotography. Co-sponsored by the University of Utah Continuing Education Lifelong Learning program.Register at 801-587-5433 or online at http://www.continue.utah.edu

Tuesdays, June 11, 18 & 25 from 7-9pm
With a little maintenance know-how, you can extend the bloom of some favorite perennials, get a second bloom from others, control invasive plantings, prop or strengthen weak stems, and overall neaten your summer and fall garden Co-sponsored by the University of Utah Continuing Education Lifelong Learning program. Register at 801-587-5433 or online at http://www.continue.utah.edu

Tuesdays & Thursdays, June 11-July 18 from 7:30-8:30am
Increase your flexibility; feel rejuvenated and ready for your day! Join instructor Kristin Vance of Fluid Heart Yoga in the Red Butte Garden Greenhouse for this 6-week Vinyasa Yoga course. Beginners to experts Welcome. Registration required at 801-581-8454 or http://www.redbuttegarden.org/yoga_garden

Thursday, June 13 from 6-9pm
Take your garden to the next level by discovering its vertical spaces. This class will highlight a range of vertical gardening ideas from living walls, to upright vegetable gardens. Each participant will plant a small Woolly Pocket™ to take home and begin a vertical gardening adventure. Co-sponsored by the University of Utah Continuing Education Lifelong Learning program. Register at 801-587-5433 or online at http://www.continue.utah.edu

Thursday, June 13 from 6:30-8:30pm
Join instructor Purnima Gandhi in the Herb Garden as she prepares delicious Indian cuisine while providing step-by-step instructions for each dish. Participants will also receive a personal recipe packet to take home. Registration required at 801-581-8454 or http://www.redbuttegarden.org

Saturday, June 15 from 9am-3pm
We’ll leisurely wonder through five or more gardens in the Salt Lake area discussing garden design, plant selection, water features, outdoor living spaces, container plants, and more. Special fee includes a box lunch and van transportation. Co-sponsored with Lifelong Learning. Register at 801-587-5433 or online at http://www.continue.utah.edu


1) SUMMER CAMP: It’s not too late to sign up! Registration is required. Call 801-581-8454 or http://www.redbuttegarden.org. Half-day and full-day camps available. Prices vary per class

2) GARDEN ADVENTURES: Garden Adventures are Saturday kid’s classes held in Em’s Sprout House. Ages 4-12 are welcome with a caregiver (registration cost not required for caregiver). Class is from 10-11:30AM. Register at 801-581-8454 or http://www.redbuttegarden.org. $5 Garden Members, and $7 for the general public.

3)  ECO-ART (June 15): Guests will create their own moss “paint” and use it to illustrate an image of their own design. Take your work home and watch it grow into a living work of art!

4) A ROSE IS A ROSE IS A ROSE (June 29): Expand your knowledge of roses as we meet with expert horticulturist Crystal Reece and go on a sensory exploration of roses in the Garden.

5) FRIDAY NIGHT CAMPOUT: Bring your tent, camping gear and a picnic dinner for an unbelievable night in the Garden! Friday night campouts include games, s’mores, a guided tour of the Garden and a late night movie. We’ll also provide a scrumptious catered breakfast Saturday morning for all participants. Gates open at 5:30pm; activities begin at 7pm. All ages welcome. Registration begins May 20 and space is limited to 120 participants. Registration not required for children under the age of 3. Cost is $30 for Garden Members and $35 for General Public.

  • June 21, 5:30pm – June 22, 8:30am
  • August 9, 5:30pm – August 10, 8:30am


For current Outdoor Concert Series information please visit: http://redbuttegarden.org/concerts

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